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Game Changer

Game Changer

For Ages: 12 and up
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A talented teen athlete questions reality—and the role she plays in it—when a mysterious injury upends her world.

Athletics are everything for eighth-grader KT Sutton. She’s a softball star, and she’s on track to get a college scholarship and achieve international fame. Then one day during a championship game—in the middle of an important play—she suddenly blacks out.

When she wakes up, she’s in a different world. One where school is class after class of athletic drills, and after-school sports are replaced by popular academic competitions. One where KT is despised for her talent, and where her parents are fixated on her brother’s future mathletics career rather than KT’s softball hopes.

KT is desperate to get back to reality as she knew it, but bits and pieces of disturbing memories and dreams make her wonder if something truly awful happened there. What if she’s lost something a lot more important than a softball game?

From New York Times bestselling author of Sent and Sabotaged, an engaging and highly relevant exploration of society’s debate of smarts versus sports.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689873805 | 
  • October 2012 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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Chapter One

KT fought against waking up.

It’ll hurt, she thought. Can’t face it . . . can’t . . . can’t . . .

As lullabies went, this one sucked. Each “can’t” forced her closer and closer to consciousness, as inevitably as a swimmer surfacing after a dive.

Stubbornly, she kept her eyes squeezed shut. She held her body perfectly still.

Can’t look, she thought. Can’t move. Can’t call the pain to me.

She had a vague sense that she might be in a hospital, might be in traction, might be in one of those... see more

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